Nepal is an amazing country and I always knew that I wanted to return for a longer period of time. The idea of working alongside Nepali nurses, sharing ideas and helping with continuing education really appealed to me.
I didn't know Lucy or Peta prior to coming to Nepal, although we had all worked at the same hospital! We got on very well immediately and they have made me feel incredibly welcome.
We have now been here two weeks. We were welcomed to the B.P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital in Chitwan with an amazing night out with all the nurses sharing their evening with traditional dancing and food. It was a great way to break the ice. Everyone we met has been so generous with their time, their help and with offers of Dhal Baat and chai on a daily basis.
We have done a lot of work on finalising the initial programs. At first I was somewhat overwhelmed. As a relatively junior nurse writing programs for seniors nurses, I felt out of my depth. However as I spent more time with the nurses on the floor, and with the encouragement of Lucy and Peta, I have grown much more confident about the coming weeks.
NTR is a very organised yet flexible Not For Profit organisation. Lucy involved us in all the planing and development of the programs and has really valued our input.
We have also had time to explore life outside of the hospital. It is currently Tihar festival. We are about to embark on a musical trek where we learn about traditional Nepali music and trek through the mountains near Gorkha.
I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of NTR. I know this experience will be something I will continue to value throughout my career. Hopefully I will be able to participate on many other occasions!